Edoardo Affini wins ITT in Tour of Britain, Mathieu van der Poel returns to GC lead
Sep 13 2019 05:14 am CET

Edoardo Affini wins ITT in Tour of Britain, Mathieu van der Poel returns to GC lead
Edoardo Affini wins ITT in Tour of Britain, Mathieu van der Poel returns to GC lead
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Edoardo Affini has taken the victory of the individual time trial at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain while Mathieu van der Poel returned to the lead of the General Classification.

The course of the fight against the clock was 14.4-kilometres long and Affini completed it in 16 minutes and 39 seconds, beating Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) and Dylan van Baarle (Ineos) by seven seconds. "It is a really special victory and I am really happy with it," said Affini. "It was probably more stressful to wait in the hot-seat than to do the TT.

"There are strong riders here, more or less we know each other and we know who is really strong in the TT event, but I managed to do a good TT and pace myself well. I was really able to give everything on the way back home and I am really happy to win."

Van der Poel was 12 seconds slower than the Italian and this was enough for him to climb back to the top of the overall classification. "I kind of surprised myself," said the Dutchman. "The last real time trial I did was when I was a junior, that’s a long time ago. I’m really satisfied with the performance and I liked it out there today.

"It’s going to be a hard race for sure in the next few days. Matteo (Trentin) is my closest opponent and he already showed that he’s fast in the end as well. With the bonus seconds, it’s going to be a really tight battle until the last day. The riders from Ineos are also not that far behind and they have a really strong team here. They’ve already shown that. I think there a lot of riders who can still win the race."




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